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Progress update, 7 to 13 March 2015

By Tim Causer, on 13 March 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 7 to 13 March 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.

12,652 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 58 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,469 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB staff: volunteers will no doubt be glad to hear that we have made a significant dent in the backlog of submissions requiring checking. Thanks again for your patience!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 250 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 78 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 31 487 6%
Box 38 86 424 20%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 169 198 84%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 59 565 10%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 136 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 68 581 11%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 506 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 254 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 618 972 60%
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 712 858 81%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 64 1012 6%
Add MS 541 327 1258 25%
Overall 12,652 31,767 39%

TB volunteers might be interested to read a news story from UCL’s Faculty of Laws, about the recent praise for their work from the German Secretary of State for Education.

In other Bentham-related news, if you’ve ever wondered how the auto-icon sees the world then wonder no longer! The PanoptiCam was recently installed on Bentham’s box: you can keep up-to-date by following @PanoptiStream on Twitter, or taking a look at the time-lapse of each day’s events on YouTube. (This refreshes each day).

Thanks you, as always, to everyone who has so generously given their time to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It is enormously appreciated by us all.

 

Progress update, 28 February to 6 March 2015

By Tim Causer, on 6 March 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 28 March to 6 March 2015, during which time further steady progress has been made by TB volunteers. It should also be noted that during the last week, the work of Transcribe Bentham and its volunteers attracted the praise of the German federal government!

12,594 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 41 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,337 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 250 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 78 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 31 487 6%
Box 38 84 424 19%
Box 39 11 282 3%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 169 198 84%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 58 565 10%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 136 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 61 581 10%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 506 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 254 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 2 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 589 972 60%
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 702 858 81%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 64 1012 6%
Add MS 541 327 1258 25%
Overall 12,594 31,767 39%

As always, we are enormously grateful to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever.

Progress update, 14 to 20 February 2015

By Tim Causer, on 20 February 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 February 2015, during which time further superb progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.

12,458 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 107 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,208 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB staff – thanks again to everyone for their patience while we work our way through the backlog of submitted transcripts.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 248 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 4 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 77 914 9%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 18 302 6%
Box 34 39 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 31 487 6%
Box 38 81 424 19%
Box 39 11 282 3%
Box 41 85 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 54 201 26%
Box 50 169 198 84%
Box 51 379 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 154 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 134 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 53 581 9%
Box 107 501 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 505 864 58%
Box 117 363 853 42%
Box 118 250 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 41 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 2 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 508 972 52%
Box 169 189 728 25%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 695 858 81%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 63 1012 6%
Add MS 541 317 1258 25%
Overall 12,458 31,767 39%

Thanks in particular those who have worked on manuscripts from Box 150; all submissions to TB will go towards assisting in the production of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, though transcripts of the Box 150 manuscripts are actively helping to shape the course of current research, as Dr Michael Quinn of the Bentham Project explained earlier this week.

Readers might also be interested in the Bentham Project’s latest online publication, A Visit (in 1831) to Jeremy Bentham, by George Wheatley (edited and introduced by Dr Kris Grint). Wheatley describes in detail his visit to Bentham’s home at Queen’s Square Place in Westminster, Bentham’s domestic arrangements, his notable visitors, working practices, and odd meal times. Bentham’s mischievous sense of humour comes across strongly, and perhaps most amusing is Wheatley’s description of how Bentham dictated to an amanuensis whilst being shaved! The Visit can be read online, or downloaded in either PDF or XML format from UCL Discovery.

Finally (and tangentially), on the UCL Laws website you can read my description of a visit last year to the remote and beautiful Norfolk Island, to talk about its past a penal settlement for an episode of Coast Australia.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has donated their time and effort so generously to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever.

 

Progress update: 7 to 13 February 2015

By Tim Causer, on 13 February 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 7 to 13 February, during which time further superb progress has been made by TB volunteers.

12,351 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 84 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,147 (91%) have been checked and accepted by TB staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 248 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 4 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 77 914 9%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 18 302 6%
Box 34 39 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 33 418 7%
Box 37 31 487 6%
Box 38 81 424 19%
Box 39 11 282 3%
Box 41 85 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 169 198 84%
Box 51 379 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 154 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 134 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 49 581 8%
Box 107 501 538 93%
Box 110 6 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 505 864 58%
Box 117 363 853 42%
Box 118 250 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 133 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 41 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 2 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 457 972 47%
Box 169 189 728 25%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 695 858 81%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 62 1012 6%
Add MS 541 270 1258 21%
Overall 12,351 31,767 38%

Thank you in particular for the Box 150 transcripts submitted: my colleague, Dr Michael Quinn, is currently working on these and has been remarking all week upon their extremely high quality!

Elsewhere, we would urge you to follow the work of the brilliant Bentham Cookbook team, who are producing a handsome publication based on the recipes transcribed by volunteers among the Box 107 manuscripts. They have just secured a foreword by the Michelin-starred chef, Fergus Henderson, owner and head chef of the St John Smithfield restaurant, who in 2013 made a ‘Devonshire Pie’ (tripe, spleen, gooseberries and all) for a BBC News feature. We can’t wait to see the fruits of the team’s labour!

And finally, readers in Australia and New Zealand might be interested to know that I will appearing in the forthcoming Norfolk Island episode of Coast Australia, in a segment on the notorious penal settlement which operated there between 1825 and 1855, a topic which is a major focus of my own research. The episode also looks at the natural history of this beautiful island, and features some stunning cinematography. It premieres at 7.30pm AEDT on the History Channel and is then repeated throughout the week. This episode of Coast Australia – and the rest of the second series – should be shown on BBC2 in the UK in the coming months.

Thank you, as always to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as gratefully appreciated as ever.

 

 

Progress update, 24 to 30 January 2015

By Tim Causer, on 2 February 2015

Welcome along to the (slightly delayed) progress update for the period 24 to 30 January 2015 – many apologies for the late appearance.

12,197 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 54 on this time last week. Of these, 11,019 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB staff. We are continuing to work our way through the backlog, and please do accept our continuing apologies for the delay as we work our way through the backlog of submissions.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 243 794 30%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 199 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 3 284 1%
Box 9 32 266 11%
Box 15 77 914 9%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 18 302 6%
Box 34 38 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 33 418 7%
Box 37 31 487 6%
Box 38 78 424 16%
Box 39 11 282 3%
Box 41 85 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 167 198 83%
Box 51 379 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 151 345 43%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 131 296 44%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 43 581 7%
Box 107 501 538 93%
Box 110 6 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 505 864 58%
Box 117 363 853 42%
Box 118 249 880 28%
Box 119 533 990 53%
Box 120 27 686 3%
Box 121 133 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 38 443 8%
Box 124 14 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 2 381 1%
Box 149 4 581 1%
Box 150 359 972 36%
Box 169 189 728 25%
Add MS 537 729 744 97%
Add MS 538 694 858 80%
Add MS 539 833 948 87%
Add MS 540 53 1012 5%
Add MS 541 268 1258 21%
Overall 12,197 31,767 37%

Thanks again to everyone who has given their time and effort so generously to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever.